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Rohr to hit Garoua ahead of Eagles’ AFCON Group D clashes

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, is eagerly preparing for a trip to Garoua – the Cameroon city that will host his team’s AFCON 2021 Group D games and get firsthand information about the venue’s conditions with which he will prepare for the tournament.

This is as the AFCON 2021 draw pitted Nigeria against Sudan, Guinea Bissau and Egypt in Group D.

Commenting on the draw, Rohr, 68, said though it was a very difficult group, he expressed firm optimism that the Eagles will advance from the Garoua centre.

The AFCON 2021 will kick off on January 9 2022, and Super Eagles will clash with the Pharaohs of Egypt in the matchday-1 of Group D at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua on January 11, then face Sudan on January 15 before taking on Guinea-Bissau four days later.

Garoua, a northern Cameroonian city, has a proximity to Nigeria via the Benue River. And Rohr is happy that the location can facilitate a massive travelling fans of Super Eagles crossing over to support the team, CompleteSports writes.

“Yes the Group D is a difficult group, you have Egypt, Sudan and Guinea-Bissau and you have to be very strong to come out of this group to play in the last 16 of this tournament,” Rohr said.

“We are going to Garoua – the venue of our Group D matches, to check out the training pitch, hotels, transport, stadium and weather conditions. It will be very important to be well prepared. I think Garoua is not far from Nigeria, so we are happy that we will be playing before our fans.”

The German coach added: “We have to do everything to be ready for this big tournament and have to put up our best performance as possible and see where it will take us to.”

The Super Eagles finished third at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and will be hoping to go all the way this time around in Cameroon for their fourth trophy.

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